The Washington Times-Herald


August 10, 2013

Son's first day at 'the big school' goes well

My son Colin, 5, had his first day of kinder- garten Friday at “the big school,” as he likes to call it. Like many parents, this day has been filled memories past and present.

In the days leading up to Colin’s big day at “the big school,” I have tried to recall many of the memories I had when I first entered North Elementary.

My family was still living on Eastside Park Road, before it became part of the city. The morning light came in heavy to the kitchen wall, where I stood along it while my mom took a picture with one of those Kodak disc cameras where the film was in a flat cartridge instead of the round ones. Then we went to school.

To be honest, that first day and Halloween were the only memories I could recall from my own kindergarten experience. My costume for Halloween was Admiral Ackbar from the Star Wars epic “Return of the Jedi.” It is probably the peak of my Halloween dress-up as I started not liking the fall holiday after a vandal broke my jack-o’-lantern a couple years later.

I don’t know what Colin will remember years from now, but I will never forget Friday. He was excited, as many children were in Washington, when he got to put on his new clothes, shoes and backpack that he has been waiting to strap on for a month now. My other son, Cooper, was also so excited because he got to put on his new shoes and backpack.

Colin is not a morning person, but he was ready to go as Dad got his camera out. Although the day was cloudy, the shot of Colin standing against the wall ready for the day when he is officially a kid was one of the best I will remember.

Text Only
  • Learning from the examples of Jesus I was reminded again on Thursday night at our church's Maundy Thursday service about humility and obedience. As part of the traditional service, we not only take part in communion, but have a foot-washing service. On the evening before his death, Jes

    April 19, 2014

  • The past is prologue When I left Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday, I watched a lot Barr-Reeve leave depressed and disappointed. The Vikings had lost a heartbreaking Class A final and I think a lot of people were wondering how and why. I'm not sure if either question n

    April 1, 2014

  • A Viking team to remember All roads lead to where you stand. And today, the Barr-Reeve basketball team will find themselves at center court of the Class A State Finals. Whether they win or lose is now irrelevant, as their legacy has already been written. This team will be rem

    March 29, 2014

  • Those hard working worms When the word "worm" comes up in conversations, there is often a wide range of ideas as to what people think about worms. Someone may think of a worm as a creepy, crawly thing that wiggles around in the earth, that young boys used to tease young gir

    March 25, 2014

  • Long live the Big East It first started when I was a student at Indiana University in Bloomington and I didn't quite understand. Most of my friends and people I would meet while watching college basketball wondering how on earth I couldn't be a crazed Hoosier fan, despite

    March 22, 2014

  • Twigs give Leatherwood its name One of our lesser known Indiana shrubs also has a rather unusual name. This is the leatherwood. A usually short shrub, it only grows to a height of around six feet, leatherwood receives its name from the soft leather-like twigs that extend out from t

    March 18, 2014

  • 'Old-school' sharing found in different ways The concept of sharing has taken on a new meaning since I was supposed to have learned it many years ago. What we all know, or supposed to be taught, was to let others take part in your good fortunes. When we all learned about sharing, it was over ou

    March 15, 2014

  • How far was Hooterville from Walton's Mountain? I have always said that television is the one item that binds my generation together (the generation that still watches televison, talks on phone and asks people for directions instead of using one device for all three). And with that in mind, it ma

    March 8, 2014

  • Time to seed the state tournament

    The Indiana boys basketball state tournament got underway Tuesday night as the most exciting month in high school began. As the old saying goes, "In 49 other states, it's just basketball, but this is Indiana." With that in mind, the IHSAA needs to to take a long look at seeding the state tournament.

    March 7, 2014

  • The pen is mightier than the sibling GD (Grand Dad) came to town for a visit recently and before he left I heard him ask Ava if she would to write something for his newspaper back home. She said she would but I could tell by the look on her face that she didn't really want to. She was p

    March 6, 2014